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Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
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Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Utah
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Description: About 44,725 acres of spectacular red cliffs. Habitat protects the endangered desert tortoise. Quail Creek picnic area provides a shady riparian area to take a break from the surrounding desert. A half-mile hike leads to an ancestral puebloan site. A six-mile trail leads into the Cottonwoods Canyon wilderness. Still other excursions take you to see dinosaur tracksites, old mines, and other evidence of the rich history of this area.

The Red Cliffs Campground offers 10 campsites, drinking water, toilets, and a dumpster. The Silver Reef trail leads from the Red Cliffs Campground to a lookout of the Silver Reef, the only known sandstone formation with silver deposits.

The west side of the national conservation area is less developed, and visitors can enjoy primitive camping north of St. George, or backpacking in the Red Mountain Wilderness adjacent to the Shivwits Tribal Lands and Snow Canyon State Park. The National Conservation Area encompasses all 11,712 acres of the Cottonwood Canyon wilderness.

Location: Off of I-15, 14 miles northeast of St. George. To reach Silver Reef, take exit 22 and head west for about 2 miles, then follow the signs to the campground. To reach Quail Creek, take Exit #16, then head north on UT 212. Turn left at sign. Forest Road 033 accesses part of the area west of Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness.

Address: Bureau of Land Management
St. George Field Office
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT  84790
Phone: 435-688-3200

Season: year round

Fee: yes

Reservations: no
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Notes: Wilderness areas are closed to all vehicular use, including ATVs, motorcycles, and mountain bikes. Please pack in all your water. click for a PDF of Red Cliffs NCA map
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